Monday, August 18, 2008

A couple of interesting articles via Techdirt

Neither of these is new, but I just wandered into them-

First, Japan has no laws against writing viruses. In 2008. I can't even begin to fathom that, but they managed to arrest a virus writer- for copyright infringement because he used copyrighted animation clips in his death-threat laden anti-peer-to-peer virus campaign. That's right folks, copyright-violating anti-P2P death threats were in his viruses. Go ahead and sit down, I can't take it either. I expect the druglords to get involved in this case- if reality is this screwed up, who needs their products?

That led to this gem, a new twist on the insider threat- a disgruntled computer tech (is there any other kind?) in Liechtenstein ( yes, it is a real country) who used his access to banking records to expose tax cheats to their home countries and reap substantial rewards for his efforts. It is reported that the Germans alone paid him "somewhere between $6 million and $7.3 million for the info". There's one to tweak the old ethics-ometer, the thief v. the uber-rich tax cheats.